William “Bill” Underwood

Senior Fellow

Bill Underwood is a Senior Fellow at The Sentencing Project for the Campaign to End Life Imprisonment. In January 2021, Bill received a compassionate release from federal prison after serving 33 years on a life sentence. With zero infractions during his over 3 decades of incarceration, Bill was the inspiration for Booker and Bass’s Second Look Act.

Recognized for his dedication & commitment to rehabilitating his life, his unwavering love and devotion to his children and grandchildren, and his continuous efforts to create a culture of responsibility in his prison community despite the hopelessness of his life without parole sentence. Prior to his arrest, Underwood held a successful career as a prominent music promoter, manager and music business publisher for some of the top R&B, Pop, & Jazz artists in the world.